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| p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Need advise: D300, D700 or D3 More thoughts and questions |
Lorenzo, that's an incredible deal indeed, and I do believe Nikon knows how to build a camera that lasts. There are still many good D700's around even today, and a lot of the folks that I generally chat with love theirs.
For now I bought the D3 and will keep the D300 that I already own as a backup. Even if I will most likely grab the D3 for 90% of the photos I take, occasionally it's just nice to have a 2nd camera with mounted lens at the ready.
Yes, 8 FPS is pretty neat, but if the D700 is anything like the D300 focus tracking is more reliable at 6 FPS. At 8 FPS I usually miss the first few frames, the next 3-4 are dead on and the last 2 or 3 from an 8 shot burst are OoF again.
Once I mounted the MB-D10 on my D300 I did not take it off, except to change the camera battery when depleted.
I started photography with a Nikon FM2 and one of the best purchases for that camera was an MD-12 motordrive which allowed me to handle the 80-200 f4 Ai-S better. I never took the motordrive for the 10+ years that I used the camera.
I had a vertical grip for my D70s. Passed on th edodgy plastic grip for my D200 but the MB-D10 fealt substantial enough again so I was happier with my D300 then I ever was with my D200.
The D3 will have about the form factor of the F5 that I also own and love. If I feel inclined to bring a smaller camera it will be the Nikon F3 or FM2 that I bring, along with 2 or 3 small primes. That is one thing the digital era took from me. A pocketable full fledged SLR with the build quality that gives me the confidence to slip it in a coat pocket without worrying that something breaks and with the tactile experience of those old full manual cameras and lenses. It's a dream, it won't happen, so I just take my old cameras instead and scan the negatives.
Some things about photography just need to be experienced, and I will soon own a D300 and D3 to cover everything else
@ CanadaMark, thank you. Yes, it is a good deal that I found. And within my budget. Now I will just go and hope the D3 will last me a good while, but going from my experience with the D200 that I used from 2006 until the start of last year without a glitch I'm fairly positive that a workhorse like the D3 will do just that.
I only bough the D300 in February 2013 because I sold the D200 well and could get the D300 without paying much towards the profits of the D200 sale. Nikon then did not seem to be very willing to anounce a predecessor and back then I could not get a better camera for my money then the D300. The same applies to the D3 now. Still no D400. Even though my lenses lose some reach now, I think the high ISO performance will well make up for that.